By: Cortney Strayhorn
“Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’” Luke 4:1-4 NLT
Temptation always seems to find us in a time when we are alone and it seems like it is out to seek, hunt and kill. Why do we struggle with our sins most at a time when nobody’s around?
In Luke 4:1-4, Jesus returned from the Jordan River where he was led by the spirit into the wilderness. There he would be tempted by the devil for 40 days. How many of us would give up something for 40 days? Not most to say the least. We don’t want to give up anything if it costs us at any moment. Most of the time we are more selfish than selfless and we are thinking about of ourselves more than helping others.
We can be very emotional with anger, sadness, bitterness, stubbornness, or greed because of someone that hurt us. Whether its family, friends, co-workers, or church members we may be tempted to sin because of something someone else has done. We struggle to let go of these things and often they become very visible for people to see. As a result, our healing process is slowed down and our pain continues to manifest and grow because of our hardened hearts.
Throughout the 40 days in the wilderness, Jesus went without food. The devil asked, “If you are the son of God tell this stone to turn into bread.” Jesus replied with, “Man does not live by bread alone.” Whatever your temptations are, we have to remember what God has set before us. Jesus went through these things which would ultimately lead to him dying on the cross for our sins.
God bless you. Remember, your temptations are not forever but if your trust is in God, your healing and life will be eternal.